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GCSE Design Technology

All students will follow the AQA GCSE specification in Design Technology. They will begin the course in Year 9 and complete it over three years. The course will end with an examination in Year 11.

Product Design is a mixture of practical and theory based work which requires the application of knowledge and understanding regarding how to develop ideas, plan, produce products and evaluate them.

Topics studied include:

  • System designing (input, process and output).
  • Material Properties including timbers, metals and polymers.
  • New & Emerging Technologies.
  • Energy Storage & Generation.

The course allows students to develop many skills which will benefit them in pursuing future employment in areas such as architecture, designing, product design and engineering etc.


This course is a GCSE qualification.

The course is designed to support and develop a full range of theoretical and practical skills used in everyday working environments.

Students will be assessed using grades 1-9, see the assessment section for more information.

Course Content

The course is split into three key areas:

  • Core technical principles.
  • Specialist technical principles.
  • Designing and making principles.
  • Core technical principles cover a range of materials, whilst specialist technical materials covers a specific material area in greater detail.


Unit 1 is a 2 hour written exam paper with a total of 100 marks which equates to 50% of the total GCSE qualification. 20 marks based around multi choice. 30 marks based around technical principles. 50 marks extended responses including a 12 mark design question.

Unit 2 is a 35 hour Non Exam Assessment based around a given task. Marks are awarded for Investigating, designing, making and analysing/evaluating.


The course offers progression to an A-Level  in 3D Product Design and university or employment in a range of areas.